Monday, July 28, 2014
CHINA FOOD SCANDAL
The parent company of a scandal-hit Chinese food supplier, said it is withdrawing all products made by its subsidiary Shanghai Husi Food Co.
– Chicago Tribune
Chinese shrimp loses value
A flood of white shrimp coming into the markets in China has sent the domestic price plummeting, reports China Aquaculture Products Marketing Association (CAPMA).
"You have to think about your seafood choices based on the reputation of the seller."
– New Hampshire Public Radio
Boosting Bristol Bay fish
Maybe Bristol Bay salmon, Greenberg said, never had a Jon Rowley, the Copper River tastemaker who opened the world's eyes to an existing treasure.
– Seattle Times
Turmoil highlights electronics
On China's southern Hainan island, a fishing boat captain shows a Reuters reporter around his aging vessel. He has one high-tech piece of kit, however: a satellite navigation system that gives him a direct link to the Chinese coastguard should he run into bad weather or a Philippine or Vietnamese patrol ship when he's fishing in the disputed South China Sea.
Polar routes suffer from weak satellites
Sea ice and depth mapping deficits still exist near the Northern Sea Route that could temper international excitement about the prospect of extensive Arctic shipping.
– Barents Observer
Making fishing rules
Nowhere in the world do people have more say in shaping fisheries policy than in Alaska.
– Pacific Fishing columnist Laine Welch, writing in Fish Factor, Kodiak
Leaving Bristol Bay
The boat yards in Bristol Bay are filling up quickly as much of the fleet heads off to wintering grounds in the Lower 48.
– Alaska Dispatch News
Starving incoming salmon
Fisheries are concerned about the future of salmon stocks as over-fishing of the sand eels they eat is causing fish to return to rivers smaller and thinner, making it more difficult for them to survive until spawning season.
– The Telegraph, U.K.
Yukon kings to Canada
Alaska fisheries managers say it appears they have achieved their goal of getting a sufficient number of Yukon River king salmon to their Canadian spawning grounds.
– KTUU, Anchorage
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
NORWAY COD EXPORTS HIGH
Efforts to increase Norwegian cod exports appear to have paid off handsomely, with foreign sales growing by more than 60 per cent since 2013.
Acidification and Alaska waters
The sinuous Alaskan coastline, which is 50 percent longer than the rest of U.S. coastline, produces half of all commercial seafood caught in the nation.
Warm water kills salmon
Fifty-four adult and hundreds of young fish have died in California's Salmon River, due to low water flows and warmer-than-usual temperatures.
– Think Progress
Boycott Russian pollock
Families across America don't have to wait; they can stand up to Vladimir Putin, and they need look no further than their grocer's shelves and local restaurants to do it.
– The Hill, Washington, D.C.
Togiak drifters seized
A handful of commercial fishermen from Togiak have been accused of fishing illegally outside of the Togiak Commercial Fishing District. Last week the Alaska State Troopers served 4 search warrants in Togiak that resulted in the seizure of 4 driftnet vessels that the Troopers allege fished illegally from 1 to 2 miles outside of the Togiak District.
– KDLG, Dillingham
Man overboard hails cab
It's one of those stories this fisherman would want to tell over and over again, for the sheer amount of luck he had and quite a bit of comedy too.
– Japan Daily Press
Huge Dungeness catch
It's been a big summer season for commercial Dungeness crabbing in Southeast Alaska with a big harvest, a high price and a bump in crab boat numbers in the Panhandle.
– KFSK, Petersburg
Quakes puzzle experts
Several large earthquakes have hit Southeast Alaska recently.
– Alaska Public Media
Follow Canada lead
One short sentence sums up nearly 20 years of work by the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council on trawl bycatch.
– Alaska Dispatch News
Gearing up for Fraser fish
The commercial fishing industry in British Columbia, Canada has been building capacity to handle this year's forecast big sockeye run after being caught off guard by the record flood of the fish in 2010.
– Undercurrent News
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
PINKS IN BRISTOL BAY
Large numbers of pink salmon are being targeted by fishermen in the Nushagak District of Bristol Bay as of Sunday. KDLG's Luke Brummer has the details.
– KDLG, Dillingham
Americans eat few fish
In "American Catch: The Fight for Our Local Seafood," Paul Greenberg examines how a country with an enormous coastline and a majority of its population located within 10 miles of the ocean came to import 90 percent of its seafood, much of it raised on farms.
– Boston Globe
Shark attack trends
The setting is just right for interaction between sharks and people in the waters off Central Florida's beaches, including Volusia County, the "shark-bite capital" of the world.
Shark week faces scientific exclusion
The Discovery Channel's Shark Week is poised to scare the board shorts off unsuspecting mainlanders for the 28th straight summer, but the outlandish, hoax-like tales are too much for some shark lovers and actual scientists — many of whom have refused to be a part of the popular series.
– News-Press.com, Florida
Fishermen OK nuke spill
A fishermen's union has agreed to allow the release of decontaminated water from the plant into the ocean.
– Japan Daily Press
Your fish are fine
Tests of water off the US West Coast have found no signs of radiation from Japan's 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, although low levels of radiation are ultimately expected to reach the US shore, scientists said on Tuesday.
– Times or India
Don't worry about radiation
A Geiger counter can tell you if there's radiation present, she said, "but it can't differentiate between different kinds of radiation." Stocks leaving Japan waters.
– Oregon Public Broadcasting
No sustainability in Japan
Japan lags behind other countries in the efforts toward sustainable management of fish stocks in its surrounding waters.
– Japan Times
Parched LA spills water
A 90-year-old water main broke near the University of California, Los Angeles, on Tuesday, spilling 8 to 10 million gallons of water.
– Alaska Public Media
Fines for wasting Cal water
The California Water Resources Control Board says local agencies can fine water users up to $500 a day for failing to follow measures intended to reduce outdoor water waste. The new rules took effect Tuesday.
– CapRadio, Sacramento
Thursday, July 31, 2014
BC MINE OK'D
A controversial mine planned for an area northeast of Ketchikan just won environmental approval from the British Columbia government.
– Alaska Public Media
Chinese prices higher
Growth in prices for seafood in China is outpacing growth in supply, suggests data for the first half of the year released by the fisheries department at the China agricultural ministry.
– Seafood Source
Sign up for fish CSA
CSAs (which stands for community supported agriculture) are great for so many reasons.
– Huffington Post
ASMI in Big Apple
The ASMI communications and public relations team combined efforts with the international and technical programs to spend the week in New York City last week putting on a number of media events and having deskside meetings with media based out of New York.
More land away from logging
Another 320 acres of former timber land was added to the Smith River National Recreation Area last week as a result of the Hurdygurdy land purchase brokered by the Smith River Alliance.
– Crescent City Triplicate
Alaska shellfish doomed
Tests of water off the US West Coast have found no signs of radiation The release of carbon dioxide into the air from power plant smokestacks to the tailpipe on your car could pose a risk to red king crab and other lucrative fisheries in Alaska, a new report says.
– Juneau Empire
Flesh-eating disease in Florida waters
Florida health officials are warning beachgoers about a seawater bacterium that can invade cuts and scrapes to cause flesh-eating disease.
Dangerous plan for SF delta
The state's plan to build a pair of 35-mile tunnels under the delta would cause the extinction of winter-run chinook salmon, steep declines in dozens of other species, and devastate water quality in San Francisco Bay, an environmental group said Wednesday.
– San Francisco Chronicle
No more cooling releases
The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation announced to local tribes, government officials and water stakeholders today that it will not be releasing extra water from Trinity Lake to cool the waters used by chinook salmon and steelhead in the Trinity and Klamath rivers — as it has in years past — but focus the limited supply to prevent large fish kills on federally endangered species in the Central Valley.
– Eureka Times Standard
McDonald's adrift in China scandal
Amid a serious meat shortage following the recent food safety scandal involving supplier Shanghai Husi, international fast-food chains in China may still have to source locally, though their peers in Japan have shifted to Thai meat producers.
– Asian News Net
Friday, August 1, 2014
LOWER RETAIL PRICE SELLS SALMON
In a related experiment earlier this year, the supermarket started lowering seafood prices: Farm-raised salmon in its seafood cases sold for roughly $10.99 per pound.
Kenai sports fishing closed
King salmon concerns have continued to take the forefront of salmon management on the central Kenai Peninsula this summer.
– Alaska Journal of Commerce
Hake fishery vs. wind power
Citing potential damage to a cherished Pacific whiting fishery and the coastal economy, Lincoln County's Board of Commissioners oppose a proposed deep-water wind energy project.
– Newport News Times
Texas dealing with catch shares
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council is holding public hearings on Amendment 40 — Sector Separation, which represents the first step to creating a red snapper charter/for-hire catch share program.
– Galveston Daily News
Open water farming
Sandwiched between port operations and a federal prison, the Southern California Marine Institute on Terminal Island is poised to become the first commercial shellfish producer in federal waters off the West Coast, farming 100 acres of open ocean for Mediterranean mussels and scallops.
– Daily Breeze, California
Eating farmed fish
Ninety-one per cent of the seafood we eat comes from abroad and much of it is farmed, while one-third of what we catch is exported, and much of that is wild.
– New Yorker
Waves over ice
Sixteen-foot waves are buffeting an area of the Arctic Ocean that until recently was permanently covered in sea ice — another sign of a warming climate, scientists say.
– National Geographic
Millions of jellyfish-like creatures have washed up on beaches along the U.S. West Coast over the past month, giving the shoreline a purple gleam and, at times, an unpleasant odor, ocean experts said on Thursday.
Alaska Fisheries Report
Coming up this week, a judge says the Kenai River sportsfishing industry can go ahead with its attempt to end commercial setnet fishing in parts of Alaska. It's a banner summer for Southeast crabbers, but are the days numbered for Alaska's crustaceans? All that, and sometimes fishy news happens after we go to press, coming up on the Alaska Fisheries Report.
– KMXT, Kodiak
Alaska Natives may drill
The Arctic Slope Regional Corporation — and a handful of village corporations nearby — now have the option to buy into offshore drilling operations in the Chukchi Sea.
– KUCB, Unalaska